3 July 2016 Propper: Buy & Create quality

Below: docuemntation of the role playing space by the window. The furniture, costumes and toys are the main 3 items used by kids to create their worlds. 

 

Yesterday, as I sat in the winter sun in the front yard, it seemed so obvious and easy that I should save up for having laser eye surgery so long as I could afford it. It was a new feeling of "if you're gonna do something, do it properly / get something decent." I realised then how much I had begun to change for the better. My timid and risk-averse way of settling for less and trying to use what I already have that is inferior till it's worn out and broken was melting and giving way to a solid mindset of being confident with laying down foundations and taking on normal levels of risk.

Eg, buying a new car through a business or even forming and registering a business structure no longer seemed so offputting.

I downloaded Gantt Project. Although I began to obsessively procrastinate, it only took seconds or even a split second and I recognised it as a bad a habit and began looking for a tutorial I could use to concurrently build my project plan for the new Magic Garden.

I still need to be careful to protect my time while surrounded by other opportunities. The one opportunity that is drawing me away from the new Magic Garden is employment. I can see how my CV and new portfolio I spent all last week creating while recovering from the flue, will not be attractive enough to UX jobs because it does not show enough UX in mobile and web. 

I am tempted to create a Medicare app using the POP app so that I can show how my thinking in making non-text and non-number interfaces has value to apps, and not leave too much to the imagination of the interviewer. That's particularly important because the UX industry has only seen text and rectangles and photos reconfigured in different ways - these are all symbolic and literal graphics. These UX designers have not had the luxury ever to design the types interfaces, experiences and games I have and so do not have enough exposure to know its value. The chances are slim I would be contracted, but the salary is $600 / day which would free me to fund development immediately in September. I could then look for grant money alongside development.

The public is also so used to the familiar text and box interfaces that it would be hard maybe to give them a more natural interface. In my view the web interfaces we use today are just a techy representation or distilled version of the complex backend. But it's not the backend that users find familiar and that empowers them (until they have overcome the friction involved with spend  lot of time learning a user interface). It's the human and natural elements we have evolved with over time as a human species that we get right away. When I look at mobile and web (online) interfaces, I don't see front end and back end. Both are still backend. 

Hardly any apps utilise the mobile device's technology adequately. It's probably not just laziness to treat the phone as a website / poster showing facility, but just that there is no UX teaching that explains adequately how consumers/audiences operate as human beings.

Knowing this and how to apply it is one of my strengths. It's important to get that strength across (as my main one for UX jobs, or main one of three; the others being experience-prototyping which is supported by IDEO methods to ensure highest possible level of innovation, and secondly... ) and back it up with how unique that strength is to myself because there's no other way to have collected that experience other than through the projects I did.

Interfaces on mobiles and CSS websites all appear as if they are refined Excel spreadsheets containing live links. The metaphor: cells in a spreadsheet become rectangles that take you to another pager with more boxes containing text. No wonder Excel becomes the MVP sometimes.

So how is it ever possible to call "frontend" just that? It's just a spreadsheet that accesses or takes you to an even bigger spreadsheet. It's not human. It's taken the software and business' requirements too literally and not the human's enough / appropriately. 

It's funny and frustrating how the employment process can steal great chunks of my time, but in fact it always highlights a strength I was not aware of previously. So in hunting for a job opportunity, I willingly offer my free time and translate it into discovering a strength.

 

Strengths

To create human-friendly interfaces and experiences we don't need to spend time learning and managing, and that we instantly find familiar because we have evolved as a human species to instantly recognise what comes next and what we can do with them as tools and services. This makes it easy to interpret what a blind person needs as much as a child. The reason why is because even though some faculties are missing, in evolutionary our minds are geared to want to engage the world in the same ways and there are a multitude of ways to engage it, using different senses. The body provides the brain with multiple sensory ways to engage the world. 

Today's UI's are at best a symbolic representation of 

To create human-friendly interfaces and experienes people don't need to spend time learning and managing

 

Lesson

  1. By hunting for a job opportunity, I translate my free time into discovering a personal strength. That is my first purpose of job-hunting. 
  2. After compiling a list of strengths I can begin to apply for jobs. 

 

Startup Keywords

I'm attracted to learning more about bootstraping strategies beyond just bankrolling your own project with your own money.

  1. #Bootstrapping
  2. #Boostrappers
  3. @bootstrappers
  4. #Growthhacking

I do ned to get the Operations Manager involved early because she is the one who will help make a desicon (not Jean), and it may turn out that someone higher than her is the one to make the deciscions anyway, and that it will require a meeting first with the OM, then the Senior Om a month later and then a month later still, the CEO. It all adds up in time lost.

 

Ideas

The projections could be stitched together so that children at the MCA art gallery could create a space that grows beyond the first projection.

Weekly Routine

Monday: Planning

Saturday: Trends & awards

Sunday: Startup knowledge